Join Me For an Essential Oils Instagram Hop!

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Back in May, just two short days before my amazing daughter was born, I announced that I was organizing an Essential Oils Instagram Hop.  Well, life got busy (it does that with a new baby!), Young Living released a NEW premium starter kit, and the hop took a back burner.

I’m excited to announce that I’m getting this going again!  I’m looking for ELEVEN instagrammers who are interested in trying one of the “everyday oils” from the new Premium Starter Kit.

Requirements are pretty much the same:
– Must not already be a Young Living member
– Must be willing and able to test/use your oil sample before the hop deadline
– Must be willing and able to share a testimonial (NOTE: I will need to pre-approve all testimonials due to the FDA restrictions on what we can/cannot say in regards to Essential Oils!)
– Must commit to posting on the day of the hop within the designated time window

If you’re interested, please fill out this google form to claim your spot!  Not sure which oil you’d like to try?  Check out this google doc that gives a high level outline of each of the 11 oils.  You can also email me (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com) or message me on instagram (@beingfrankenfield) if you’d like more information!

Once I have all the participants, I’ll send out more specifics.

*Note: the main purpose of this hop is to spread awareness of essential oils and Young Living and grow my network. There will also be a sign up special for participants AND visitors interested in joining Young Living. Furthermore, there will be a small referral bonus given to hop participants for any visitor that joins Young Living as a result of seeing your instagram post.*

{DIY} Silver Polish

I don’t really have a lot of silver in my house.  In fact, I have very, very little.  Just my good serving utensils and some of the stuff from my wedding (like my cake server and cake knife).  Since I have so little silver, I really hated the idea of having to buy a whole container of silver polish.  It seemed like such a waste.  So I put it off.  And put it off again.  I kept putting it off, mainly because I didn’t want to clean my silver, but also because I didn’t have the cleaner (and never really thought to buy it when I was at the store).

Fast forward many years, and now I’ve got my Young Living Essential Oils.  I was watching some morning show while on maternity leave and the guest said lemon juice could be used to polish silver.  What a neat idea!  I didn’t have any lemon juice, but I did have my Lemon Oil…maybe that would work just as well.

And it DID WORK!  See for yourself:

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My wedding cake server…before and after polishing! Definitely is not “non-tarnish” as the sticker promised!

I was amazed.  And it was oh so easy.  Now I’m proud to have my wedding silver prominently displayed in my house.

Want to know how to do it?  It’s not hard AT ALL.  All you need is Lemon Essential Oil, a cotton ball, and a paper towel (or soft cloth).  Put a drop of Lemon EO on the cotton ball and wipe at the tarnish until it is gone.  Then buff with the paper towel or cloth.  Ta-da!  That’s it.  No hard elbow grease required- I promise!

I recently shared this “recipe” with my other oily friends in our Chemical Free Cleaning with Young Living class on Facebook.  The image from the class is below, for your convenience!  Feel free to share or pin, and definitely check out our Facebook class for other great recipes using your Young Living Essential Oils!

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Commit to get Fit

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Now that I am almost two months post-pregnancy, I think it’s time to really get my act together and start getting myself healthy and fit again. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (actually not bad weight gain!), and I’ve lost around 20 of those pounds. I haven’t actively done anything to shed the weight; it just came off from birth, breastfeeding, and chasing Ian around the house. But now I’ve hit a plateau, and I really want to push myself over that edge. I was about 15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant, so I have about 25 pounds I’d like to lose. That’s not going to happen unless I actually make some changes, including incorporating exercise into my daily routine. I’m challenging myself to a 90 day commitment to improve my overall wellness and get active. And here’s how I hope to achieve this:

1) Drink 64oz of water daily
I bought myself a 16oz glass water bottle so I can always have water with me. I will also add 4 drops of Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil to my water for the first 32oz, and 4 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil to my water for the second 32oz. Grapefruit Essential Oil supports healthy digestion, may act as an appetite suppressant, and may help support healthy weight loss. Lime Essential Oil supports weight management and the immune system. Both also taste great! Hopefully having these in my water will encourage me to drink more of it and hit my 64oz goal!

2) Drink 2oz Young Living NingXia Red daily
NingXia Red is an amazing antioxidant drink from Young Living that supports overall health and wellness. I love that you only need 1-2oz a day to feel the full effects of this powerful drink. I’m going to give it an extra boost by adding 1 drop of Young Living Ocotea Essential Oil every day to help curb snacking urges and preserve healthy eating habits.

3) Exercise daily
I’m terrible at motivating myself and doing exercises on my own, so I’ve decided to follow an exercise program. I picked the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. It’s free, requires very little equipment (just some dumbbells- and even those are optional), comes with videos on YouTube, and is less than 30 minutes a day. Currently the 4th challenge is underway, but I’m going to start with challenge 1.0; then I may move on to 2.0 and beyond if I like the program. I like that this will give me clear expectations and instructions on what I should be doing each day to get active.

4) Watch my diet
I’m not a dieter. It’s just not realistic to think I’ll be able to follow a diet plan. That said, I can at least be more mindful of what I’m eating. I don’t need to be snacking on chips and cookies. I also don’t need to have 3 scoops of ice cream at night- perhaps I can get by with 1.5 scoops instead. Little things that I think I can manage and stick with are going to be key for me.

So why am I putting all this here on my blog? Accountability. I need someone (outside of myself) to know that I’m challenging myself to get my rear in gear. I’ll post my progress and status as I go through this challenge, and I hope maybe some of you will join me, too! Here’s to a healthier me (or us)!

Essential Oils Instagram Hop

 

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I am thrilled to announce that I’m organizing an Essential Oils Instagram Hop!  I’m sure you’ve heard of a blog hop, where a group of bloggers get together and post about a topic under a specific theme.  Well, an Instagram Hop is pretty similar, except it takes place on Instagram (obviously).

While I’m getting everything organized, I’m looking for TEN Instagram lovers to join me in the hop.  There are just a few requirements, but if you meet all of them and are interested in participating, let me know!  You’ll get a free sample of an oil to test out for yourself.

Requirements:

1) Must be curious about Essential Oils and genuinely interested in trying them out
2) Must not already be a Young Living Member
3) Must be willing and able to test your oil sample by the Instagram hop deadline
4) Must be willing and able to share a testimonial about your experience with the oil
5) Must commit to posting on the day of the hop within the Instagram hop time window

If this sounds like you, post a comment here, send me an email (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com) or send me a message on Instagram (@beingfrankenfield) to let me know you want to be part of the hop!  After ensuring they meet the requirements, participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.  To ensure you get a spot in the hop, don’t wait- contact me today!

Welcome May!

Ahhhh, May. I love this time of year- flowers are blooming, the weather is getting nicer, it’s staying lighter outside longer.

It’s also BABY MONTH! Baby girl will be making her arrival any time now (she’s due May 9th, but who knows when she’ll actually deign to grace us with her presence). Today’s my last day AT WORK (I’ll be working from home starting Monday until she arrives), which is a huge relief, and now we are just finalizing things to prepare for her arrival (washing the carseat cover, installing the carseat bases in the cars, packing hospital bags, etc).

May also marks just about two months into my oiling journey.

I have really enjoyed using my premium starter kit, and I’ve found that I’m even running low on some of my oils (and I think I’m completely out of Tea Tree!), which is a testament to the fact that I’m actually using them and incorporating them into my daily routine.

I’ve been playing around with different combinations in Ian’s diffuser at night (to help with sleep and his cough– since that’s really my BIGGEST issue at the moment), and I’ve found that my favorite (so far) is Thieves, Purification, and Valor. It curbs his cough and helps him sleep more restfully. Sometimes I’ll add a drop or two of Lavender, but I usually find that it’s really not necessary. Having that diffuser and these oils going at night has brought such relief!

I also recently ran out of body butter (NOT good- especially if you are a pregnant lady with an itchy belly!), but thanks to my oils I was able to whip up a new batch, which I actually like better than the store bought one I was using previously.

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I whipped coconut oil and then mixed in Lavender, Frankincense, and Gentle Baby. It goes on really smoothly and isn’t greasy, which I love! And it keeps me non-itchy all day.

Now that I’ve had time to really get to know my oils, I get excited when I’m able to share them and my experiences with others. Oils are just part of my life now, so it’s so natural and fun to talk about them!

I also love the learning and education component. I get so much out of all the classes I attend that I want to give back and start holding classes for others who are interested/skeptical/curious/etc about Young Living and Essential Oils. If this sounds like you, and you’d like to learn more, let me run a class for you on Facebook!! For the month of May, I’m offering my hosts some oily goodies that will help expand their exposure to oils.
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You have nothing to lose but so much to gain! Send me an email, connect with me on facebook/instagram/twitter, or add a comment here to get your class scheduled!

Essential Oils 101 Facebook Class Recap

On Sunday night I hosted an Essential Oils 101 class on Facebook and talked about the 10 Every Day Oils from Young Living (as well as some safety and other information about Essential Oils). The turnout for the class was great and there was some fantastic discussion! I had such a blast, and I even learned some stuff which is so neat.

Here’s a peek at the 10 oils we discussed: YLEO-collage1 YLEO-collage2 YLEO-collage3

We also talked about Thieves Cleaner and Ningxia Red. NingXia-Red-Healthier-Oil-the-Thyme Thieves Cleaner - Healthier Oil the Thyme

We wrapped the class with some prizes (yay!) and information about getting your own oils- either through being a customer (and buying some oils through a Young Living member) or through buying the Premium Starter Kit and becoming a Young Living Member.

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Are you interested in learning more about Young Living and Essential Oils? Would you like to host your own Essential Oils 101 Class on Facebook? Contact me to find out how!

The ideas in this post are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  If you are interested learning more about Young Living Essential Oils or would like to purchase individual oils, the kit, or start your own Young Living business, please check out my team’s website Healthier Oil the Thyme, send an email to healthieroilthethyme@gmail.com, or email me directly (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com).  I love that my mentors and friends in this business always focus on education over sales, and we are always willing and happy to help others learn more about Young Living and Essential Oils!

Essential Oils 101

As you all have seen, I have been having a lot of fun trying out my Young Living Essential Oils and seeing the benefits they bring me and my family.  Thanks for following along as I share my experiences!  I can’t wait to dive even deeper into the oils in my kit and the oily world in general.

Have my posts to date piqued your interest? Are you starting to get curious about Young Living and Essential Oils? Want to learn more?

If so, I have good news!  I am having an “Essential Oils 101” class on Facebook at 8:30PM (Eastern) Sunday night (4/19).

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This is an education and information event about Young Living and Essential Oils. There will be giveaways and a chance to buy oils and/or the starter kit, but the main focus is on learning. If you’ve ever been curious about EOs or Young Living, I’d love for you to to pop by and check it out.  Here’s a link to the event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611695835709248/

Hope to see some of you there!  Oiling is always more fun with friends, so let’s get oily together!

Another Oily Update

It’s been about two weeks since my last post about my experience so far with my Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit (PSK). I’ve actually been able to try out almost all of the oils from my kit, and so far I’m pretty pleased.  I’m still diffusing in Ian’s room at night, though I’ve changed the formula again (yes, I know- this is the third time) to 4 drops Thieves, 3 drops Purification, 2 drops Lavender (in about 300-400mL of water).  This seems to be the most successful combination to date- Ian has slept soundly ALL night since I’ve started this combination, so I’ll take it!

The two oils I’m really loving right now for myself, though, are Lemon and Peppermint!

With this pregnancy, I have been getting some pretty annoying heartburn.  Given that I’ve never experienced this in my life (until now), it’s not something I was prepared to handle.  When my heartburn gets really bad, I turn to my trusty Pepcid AC, and that normally knocks it right out.  But sometimes I don’t really need the Pepcid… my heartburn is more mild.  Annoying and uncomfortable, sure, but not full blown acid attacks that feel as if my chest is on fire.  Enter my new heartburn relief rub- my new favorite remedy for these scenarios.

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Anytime I feel heartburn coming on, I rub a dab of this mixture onto my chest and it keeps my heartburn at bay (I MUCH prefer this to having to choke down a chalky, nasty chew… plus, it smells good!).  I decided not to whip the coconut oil first, though you could certainly do that if you wanted the balm to have a creamy consistency.  Or you could use fractionated coconut oil (or some other liquid oil) and put the mixture in a roller bottle for even easier application.

Have you tried Lemon and/or Peppermint?  What are your favorite uses for these oils?

The ideas in this post are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.  If you are interested learning more about Young Living Essential Oils or would like to purchase individual oils, the kit, or start your own Young Living business, please check out my team’s website Healthier Oil the Thyme, send an email to healthieroilthethyme@gmail.com, or email me directly (beingfrankenfield@gmail.com).  I love that my mentors and friends in this business always focus on education over sales, and we are always willing and happy to help others learn more about Young Living and Essential Oils!

Oiling… One Week In

It’s been about a week since I received my complete Premium Starter Kit (affectionately called PSK from here on out) from Young Living.  Since then I’ve started dipping my toes into the world of Essential Oils, and I’m learning a lot.

One of the things I love most about being part of Young Living (and maybe it’s just the team of folks above me?  But I’d like to think this is reflective of the company as a whole) is the mantra of education over sales.  Sure, there are people who are part of Young Living to make money (it’s a business- why wouldn’t money making be part of the equation?), and that’s not a bad thing… but I love that there are always an abundance of free classes and workshops available, as well as no shortage of people willing to chime in and provide insight on ways to safely use your oils.  It really is a community of people just looking to help out others and there is no pressure to buy anything.  If you simply want to attend a million Facebook classes about oils, and never buy a single thing, you can.  If you want to go to a make-and-take (which generally does have a small fee) and experiment with the products in a low cost/low risk setting, you can.  And if you do eventually decide to make a purchase (whether that’s something retail through a Young Living member/distributor or by signing up for the PSK), you’ll be met with enthusiastic teammates ready to take your hand and lead you along on your oiling journey.  It is a pretty amazing environment, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

As I mentioned on the blog previously, there were a lot of reasons why I decided to take the plunge and sign up with Young Living.  And now that I have my PSK, how have I been using my oils?  A lot of ways, actually, but one of the first things I did when I got my kit was put my Young Living diffuser to work in an attempt to support Ian’s respiratory system at night to help promote restful sleep.

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Young Living diffuser in the PSK

I actually really like the Young Living diffuser that came in the PSK- it’s small, lightweight, and super easy to use (plus, it’s attractive).  I set it up in Ian’s bedroom and added 3 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil, 3 drops of Frankincense, and 2 drops of Lavender.  The Melaleuca and Frankincense were to help support his respiratory system, and the Lavender was to help promote restful sleep.  Ian didn’t seem to notice or mind the scent coming from the diffuser (or if he did, he didn’t complain about it).  I can’t say that I found it to be an extremely pleasant smell, although I certainly didn’t find it unpleasant, but if it had the chance of helping Ian, I was all for it- and since it didn’t bother him, I was OK with it.  I’ve since gotten used to the scent and hardly even notice it when I turn on the diffuser.  It really is quite subtle (or at least, I think it is).  My husband, on the other hand, found the scent to be pretty overwhelming and he was not at all a fan- and even now he still doesn’t like it.  I chalk some of this up to personal preference and some to the fact that he’s even more of an essential oil skeptic than I am.  I’m at least willing to give them a shot (I mean, what do I have to lose? Nothing else has helped this cough).  My husband, on the other hand, is pretty staunchly against oils.  He sees them as just another scheme or a pricey placebo, so we’ll have to see some definite and concrete results before his mindset changes (if it ever does).  But, that’s ok… he’s not stopping me from using them; he’s just not convinced they’ll make a difference.  I can live with that.

Anyway, so far it certainly seems like the diffuser is helping.  The only problem- the diffuser only runs for about 6-8 hours max.  So that means that sometime in the night (generally around 3am), the diffuser would stop and, inevitably, Ian would wake up.  After a few nights of this, I finally decided to just go into his bedroom overnight and refill the diffuser.  But that was really starting to be a pain.  So I set about looking for a longer-running diffuser hoping this might solve the issue.  After endless research and comparing, I decided on this one by Welledia.

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Welledia Effusion Diffuser

It has a 700mL tank and overall the reviews are very positive.  With my Amazon gift cards (and free Prime shipping), it ended up being hardly any out of pocket cost to me… can’t argue with that!  The new diffuser arrived on Saturday, and I used it that night.  I definitely like the look of the Young Living diffuser better, but MAN this one really does run ALL NIGHT LONG (I’m still trying to get the right amount of water in it so I don’t have a ton left over to dump in the morning).  Since using the new diffuser, Ian has slept all night for most nights!  We are definitely seeing an improvement for him.  Last night, for the first time, I tried Thieves and Lavender in the diffuser, and I also loved that combination.  It’s nice to have options so that I can change things up every now and then if I want (or if an oil is running low). This is another nice thing about Essential Oils- there are generally a number of combinations and choices available.  I’ll definitely be using the new diffuser in his room every night from now on, and in a few weeks, I’ll do another update.  I was just pretty excited about our initial results (and my new long lasting diffuser) that I felt compelled to share.  After all, this was one of my main drivers for taking the Essential Oil plunge, and so far I’m not sorry.

Do you use Essential Oils?  How do you use them?  If you haven’t used them, have you ever given it any thought?  Want to learn more?  We always have Essential Oil Facebook classes going on- and they are open to everyone!

You can reach out to me through a blog comment or email, and I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned so far and any other information about Young Living and Essential Oils. I have a ton of resources at my disposal, and I can always find out the answer to your question if I don’t know it myself.  You can also like my team’s Facebook page (Healthier Oil the Thyme) or visit our team’s website to get more information (as well as tips and recipes for your oils).  Happy oiling!

An Oily Mail Day!

At the beginning of March I mentioned that I decided to venture into the world of Essential Oils and join Young Living as a Distributor.

Well, my Premium Starter Kit finally arrived!!

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I am still trying everything out and familiarizing myself with the various oils, but so far I’m loving everything!  And I’m really enjoying researching various oils and how they can help my family.  My favorite reference source (besides my other “oilers”) is the Reference Guide app I have on my phone (which I got for free from my team, Healthier Oil the Thyme).  It’s awesome!

I’ve only had the chance to work with my oils for a few days, so I want to wait a little before sharing any feedback about the oils and how I’ve been using everything, but one thing I have learned… a LITTLE bit of oil goes a LONG way.  The bottles look tiny, and you find yourself thinking that there is no way that one tiny drop of oil will really make a bit of difference- but oh my!  As my husband remarked when I opened a bottle “wow, that’s strong!”… yes, before I had even poured a drop, we could smell the oil.  So I’ve learned to start with just 1 or 2 drops and then add more if necessary.  Definitely a good lesson!

I can’t wait to share with all of you some of the ways I’m using my oils and what results I’ve seen.  It’s definitely going to be a fun adventure!